Bantam Books, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780553578256, 416pp.
Publication Date: November 28, 2000
Kate and her partner, Al Hawkin, are called to a scene of carefully executed murder: the victim is a muscular man, handcuffed and strangled, a stun gun's faint burn on his chest and candy in his pocket. The likeliest person to want him dead, his often-abused wife, is meek and frail--and has an airtight alibi. Kate and Al are stumped, until a second body turns up--also zapped, cuffed, and strangled...and carrying a candy bar. This victim: a convicted rapist. As newspaper headlines speculate about vendetta killings, a third death draws Kate and Al into a network of pitiless destruction that reaches far beyond San Francisco, a modern-style hit list with shudderingly primal roots.
"King is a deft and literate writer whose work never fails to please....A superior novel."
-- The San Diego Union-Tribune
"A dense and suspenseful tale. Memorable."
-- Publishers Weekly
"A richly feminist book in which King demonstrates again her remarkable skills in sinking the reader into a special culture/community where her many-layered stories unfold."
-- Booknews from The Poisoned Pen
"King is very, very good at looking society in the face and reflecting on the way it is now."
-- The Boston Sunday Globe
"As with all Laurie King's books, the facts tell only the smallest part of the truth....King exposes the issue with intensity and passion. It's hard to turn away even if you wanted to."
-- Mystery News
Read all the novels by Edgar and Creasey award winner Laurie R. King!
Kate Martinelli Mysteries:
A Grave Talent
To Play The Fool
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The Beekeeper's Apprentice
A Monstrous Regiment Of Women
A Letter Of Mary
And her stand-alone novel:
A Darker Place
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